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Sony HDR-HC5E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 116 reviews of Sony HDR-HC5E. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the durability and price. The portability and image quality also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the color and reliability.

usability, image quality, portability, price, durability

reliability, color

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-HC5E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony HDR-HC5E

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 user reviews of Sony HDR-HC5E from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the durability. The image quality is also appreciated. Comments are divided on the price, and the reliability and design get critical reviews.

usability, image quality, durability

portability, design, reliability

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-HC5 High Definition Camcorder With 2.7'' LCD ScreenSony HDR-HC5E High Definition MiniDV Camcorder (EU)

Aug, 2015

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony HDR-HC5E

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 46 user reviews of Sony HDR-HC5E from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviews about the durability and price are overall positive. The usability and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the reliability.

image quality, portability, usability, price, durability

reliability

98% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-HC5 4MP MiniDV High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical ZoomSony HDR-HC5 4MP MiniDV High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical ZoomSony HDR-HC5 4MP MiniDV High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom

Aug, 2015

Expert review by: David Kender (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony HDR-HC5 Camcorder Review

 

The Sony HDR-HC5, a high definition camcorder using the tape-based HDV format, is a key model in the company's lineup. While the HDR-HC7 ($1,299 MSRP) is the flagship HD camcorder, the HC5 is priced at $999, just below that magical $1,000 point at...

Nov, 2007
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Expert review by: David Kender (reviewed.com)

Sony HDR-HC5

 

The Sony HDR-HC5, a high definition camcorder using the tape-based HDV format, is a key model in the company's lineup. While the HDR-HC7 ($1,299 MSRP) is the flagship HD camcorder, the HC5 is priced at $999, just below that magical $1,000 point at...

Nov, 2007

Expert review by: About.com (about.com)

Sony HDR-HC5 High-Definition Camcorder Review :First Look

 

Sony HDR-HC5 ClearVid CMOS Sensor The HDR-HC5 has a 1/3” ClearVid CMOS sensor. CMOS requires less battery power to operate than traditional CCD sensors, making the chip optimal for better camcorder battery performance.

Jun, 2007

Expert review by: Good Gear Guide.au (goodgearguide.com.au)

Expert Review

 

The HDR-HC5E is a quality product, but it comes at a price. Despite a few flaws with colours, this camera performs very well in comparison to most camcorders. For those who can afford it, it's a great unit.

HD 1080i recording, great battery life and feature set

Expensive, colour representation lacking in some areas

May, 2007

Expert review by: Ben Russell (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony HDR-HC5E

 

Sony's HDR-HC5E MiniDV handycam is labelled as a "hi-def" camera, and while it certainly does deliver video in impressive 1080i resolution, it's impor...

HD 1080i recording, great battery life and feature set

Expensive, colour representation lacking in some areas

The HDR-HC5E is a quality product, but it comes at a price. Despite a few flaws with colours, this camera performs very well in comparison to most camcorders. For those who can afford it, it's a great unit.

Apr, 2007

Expert review by: Derek Fung (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam HDR-HC5

 

This upgrade to the HDR-HC3 has been dressed in some shiny finery and given a price cut to boot.

Outlook The HDR-HC5 is essentially an HDR-HC3 with a better battery, shinier exterior and a lower price. If you're in the market for a HDV camera but can stretch to AU$2,299, there's the HDR-HC7. For your extra moolah you get more pixels, optical image...

Feb, 2007

Expert review by: (gadgetheaven.co.uk)

Sony HDR-HC5E Camcorder Review

 

Capture and relive special occasions in fantastic quality with the Sony HDR-HC5E camcorder which features a host of Sony-designed technology to enhance your shooting experience. Despite being simple and easy-to-use, this Handycam is also perfect for...

With full 1080-line HD resolution, the Sony HDR-HC5E can be connected to any HD Ready display via the HDMI connector so you can enjoy your videos in outstanding quality. The iLINK cable and software (included) allow you to edit your footage on a...

May, 2012

Consumer review by: Kison (newegg.com)

Great Camera

 

Fairly expensive when I got it - about $100.00 more than it is currently.

Quality seems to be great. Settings are very straight forward

Becomes unreliable when it comes to poor lighting. Not seen a light anywhere on the camera. Night vision mode is ok, but who works like that? :-)

Nov, 2007

Consumer review by: Kison (newegg.com)

Excellent Camcorder

 

You need a pretty good computer in order to import your videos in High Definition. If your computer is lacking, then the import will drop frames.

Pretty good still-shots. Video is very nice and clear

I required a different firewire head than the one provided, so I had to go out and buy one since it was incompatible with my card

Jul, 2007

Consumer review by: mikepippin (epinions.com)

HDR-HC5

 

Used the camera for four months now. The HDR-HC5 has a number of nice features for a consumer camcorder, but anything other than point and shoot functionality is counter intuitive and a bit cumbersome to access at best. Almost all the settings can only...

Good HD video in ideal lighting, 4.0 mp stills, build quality. HDMI output

Poor low lighting performance, manual controls,no external audio input, manual focus

May, 2008
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Product Specifications

Capture high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) video to a MiniDV cassette with the HDR-HC5 high definition camcorder. Record every detail of every moment with the 10x optical/80x digital zoom and Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T Lens. However, you'll be capturing more than just video with the 4.0 megapixel still image feature. Snap spectacular 2.3 megapixel photos while filming in dual record mode. The HDR-HC5 even slows down the audio. Get it all and get it in high definition with this amazing camcorder.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH60

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.3in
Height:3.2in
Weight:1.2lbs/1.3lbs
Width:3.2in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Candle / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait mode / Snow / Spotlight / Sunrise / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait/Beach / Candle / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait mode / Sports lesson / Spotlight / Sunrise / Sunset

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HDR-HC5/HDR-HC5E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.9
Max Focal Length:51mm
Min Focal Length:5.1mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.4Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3 ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3" )
Optical Sensor Type:ClearVid CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / White fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:80
Media Type:Mini DV (HDV)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Cinematic / Flash Motion / Low Shutter Speed (LSS) / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Skintone / Solarization / Still / Trail/Cinematic / Flash Motion / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Skintone / Solarization / Still / Trail
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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